The aim of the Open Chemistry Networks (OCN) initiative is to bring together synthetic chemists and SGC biochemistry and biology to synthesize and characterize new bioactive small molecules (chemical probes) and use them to accelerate the search for new medicines.
All the work conducted within the OCN will be open and patent-free. Open and inclusive chemistry models conducted on an international scale improves the public good - better science leads to better chemical tools for the understanding of biology.
OCN is led by Dr. Mat Todd from his SGC laboratory at University College London (UCL).
The OCN is seeking synthetic chemists around the world who want to collaborate to discover new biology by creating new chemical probes. Undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs in academia, as well as interested chemists in industry, are the ideal OCN contributors. Everyone is welcome, and the infrastructure needed for people to be able to contribute, such as online lab notebooks, discussion platforms and a compound registration system, are all provided. Open science projects are inclusive, as diversity is essential to the success of OCN.
In addition to advancing science, contributors will be part of a global initiative that includes scientists at SGC specializing in probe biology, and mentors from the pharmaceutical industry. Contributors can use project data in publications that can be co-authored by the team, and are encouraged to use project data to support their grant proposals to generate follow-on funding.
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